In the midst of a lot of life changes in a short period of time, (ie getting a big kid job as a wildlife biologist and moving to San Francisco) I’ve found myself really missing my time abroad. In college, I studied abroad for four months in France and seven months in New Zealand. Now that I’m settling down for the foreseeable future (which is what I’ve wanted, right?) I think I’m yearning for travel, and the wonderful people I met along the way. It’s been over two years since I returned to the states, and now that I have a stable job I bought a desktop computer with a beautiful screen so that I could really get a sense of what my photos look like and manage them accordingly. Of course, now that I have what I want and have pretty much settled into my new life routine, I have been loath to really get into my photos and take a look. Well, I took the plunge. Partly from realizing how much I miss my time abroad, and partly from the suggestion that I get back up and posting from none other than a friend I met in New Zealand. Thanks Mike, your photos and encouragement are inspiring. 🙂 I took a look in those folders today, and WHOOOSCH. To put it in some current slang, ALL OF THE FEELS. There were some strong emotions going through me there. Also, I did take some great photos that really should be looked at more frequently and shared. I also realized how much the people I met over there meant to me, just from the photos I took of them. For the very few of you who know my photographic style, it typically doesn’t involve people. This I think is due to two reasons: I don’t like my picture taken, mostly due to self image issues, and from my time in France. The French feel like you always need to get permission before you take a photo (especially of someone’s store or artwork, etc.). It’s very possible I picked this up while I was there, as I distinctly remember getting yelled at for taking pictures of yarn in a yarn shop in Bordeaux…oh well.
SO: Photography new year’s resolutions. POST MORE, and don’t be afraid to take photos of people you know. Oh, and I should try to take more daily life photos. I mean, I’ve been living in this really awesome house in San Francisco right next to Golden Gate Park AND the beach for almost three months. In my defense, adjusting to full time work had been a little difficult. It’s not like I don’t take photos. I do! But they’re mostly of construction sites I have to monitor. I suppose I could try to get artsy with that.
Hokay. Here is the first photo I looked at of New Zealand today that started all of the emotions. Enjoy!
I need to submit 3 photos for the photo contest from my study abroad program in New Zealand. I have narrowed it down some, but it’s at the point where public opinion would be nice. Have a look and tell me what you think! If you have any questions, just shoot me a comment! (Also up on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150485375290946.372946.538240945&type=3&l=6f209e56c0)
I have a problem. I am an extreme impulse yarn buyer. In fact I bought so much yarn in New Zealand that I had to ship a bunch of it home before I even flew back. And only now, 5 months later, am I getting to it. My favourite yarn that I bought is a hand painted possum merino (*drools*). I wasn’t planning on buying any more of it considering I already bought 4 skeins of it in maroon to make a sweater (that I still have yet to start). But then I saw this one, and couldn’t resist. This is going to be a hat, and some mitts. And perhaps an Ipod cover. BUT ISN’T IT GORGEOUS??!?! I can’t wait to start 🙂
…until the photo contest deadline for my study abroad program in New Zealand. I’m pushing myself to get through all of my ~6,000 photos so I can decide which ones to enter. So far I’m about 2/3 done. Here’s one I may enter; the view from Queenstown Hill over Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is on the right and the mountain range on the left is the Remarkables; aka the Misty Mountains from Lord of the Rings.
Mt. Cook Squash Canneloni
Looking through more photos. I saw this and immediately got hungry. Dammit. Squash canneloni from the restaurant in Mt. Cook Village in New Zealand after hiking halfway to Mueller Hut. I have never eaten so much melted cheese.
Gitte's Lake Monowai
I’ve been contemplating starting a blog for a while. But then the question comes up as to what I want my blog to be about. Food? Travel? Knitting? A diary? I’m not the kind of person who likes to write every day, and I’m certainly not as plugged in to technology as the rest of my generation. How would I ever keep up in a world that goes a mile a minute (that’s about 100km per hour if you were wondering for all of those people not in the states)? Well, I take photos. And some pretty good ones every once in a while. For me, they’re enough to tell my story. I have realized that my photos link all of the different parts of my life: the globe trotter, the tramper, the band geek, the foodie, the videogamer and whatever else I delve into. I’ll be posting when I feel like it, and in no particular order. I’ll be putting up old photos, new photos, and links to photos I enjoy. Because that’s what blogging is supposed to be about; sharing experiences and enjoyment. So to all of you, I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I intend to enjoy it!
And of course I’m going to post a photo to start out: I’ve been thinking a lot about New Zealand lately and about the various tramping trips I took. I studied there from January to August 2011 but a part of me never left. Above is Lake Monowai, my favorite lake in New Zealand. It’s off the beaten path and very peaceful and quiet. Ironically this isn’t even my photo; it belongs to my good friend Gitte. She got a much better shot of the lake than I did, so I just look at her picture instead. 😛 Enjoy!